For domestic abuse survivors, the Tories’ Universal Credit scheme has a major flaw.
Under the scheme, 100% of a recipient’s income is paid to the household – this means 100% of the payments can be made to (and controlled by) the abuser.
For survivors of domestic abuse, this can be disastrous with many cases of their entire income left in the hands of the abuser – making it easier for financial abuse and coercive control to happen. It also drains the survivor’s resources, making it harder to escape.
This cannot go on.
Women’s Aid and Refuge have already testified to the Work and Pensions Committee about the harm this scheme is doing to domestic abuse survivors. Now is the time for action.
Labour is calling on the Tories to pause and fix Universal Credit and introduce default split payments to protect domestic abuse survivors.
Sign the petition here.